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Resolve to Come to the Altoona Public Library

Posted December 12, 2012 in Altoona, Community Blogs

Be sure to make the Altoona Public Library your refuge of calm amidst all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We have programs and activities for all ages (grownups included) to make the season more enjoyable and less stressful.


Scrapbooking has become more and more popular over the years. You can be so much more creative and make it a multi-dimensional expression of yourself. Learn those techniques by joining our scrapbooking club this next month.

We’ll meet on Sunday, January 13th at 2:30 p.m. in our community room. Just call ahead and we will be glad to sign you up. Bring your scrapbook, adhesives and some pictures (or anything else you want to put in your scrapbook).

The club continues to meet in February, March, April and May, so there is plenty of time to get your scrapbook completed.


Remember that with the New Year’s Day holiday we will be closing a little earlier on Monday, December 31. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve day.

We will be closed New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1.

You may return your books through the slots near the south entrance.


Enjoy the New Year with a great movie. We’ll be showing “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 2. The free movie is for those from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Those zany characters, Alex, Marty Gloria and Melman are trying to find their way home. Their journey takes them to Europe where they end up in a traveling circus. The circus will never be the same.


Stop by at 3 p.m., Wednesday, January 16 for a relaxing and fun hour of crafts. The activity is geared for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade.


The next book discussion group will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January, 22.

You’ll need to join the club first to get the book, but it’s very easy. Just call us at 967-3881 and give us your name and phone number.

This month’s book is “My Name is Mary Sutter,” by Robin Oliveira. It is available from the circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis.

The book takes place during the Civil War and is about a courageous midwife from Albany, New York, who is determined to become a surgeon one day.

Reviews of the book praise its rich, historical details. If you enjoy historical fiction this would be excellent choice.


Members of our Lego Club are reminded to come to their next activity (ages 5 and up) on January 2, from 4 to 5 p.m.

After each class we put their creations in the lobby glass cases for all to enjoy. They really have come up with some fantastic work! Make sure you take a look the next time you stop by.


Monday and Tuesday story times feature the same programs, but at different times. Kids from two to six years of age may attend.

Come to “Smiley Faces” on Mondays at 11 a.m. and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. The program is all about stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories and videos. It will get your week off to a fun start.

“Moonlight Stories” is on Thursday nights at 6:30 and is for kids from two to eight years old. We’ll be telling stories and making a craft.

Fridays are “Busy Bees” days for children, two to six years of age, at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, the “Small Steps” (ages six to 24 months) are every other Friday in January at 10 a.m. Attend January 11 and 25 and enjoy 20 minutes of rhymes, gentle tunes and simple, interactive stories.

No registrations are required for any of the story times.

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